These 1991 lyrics from the alternative band R.E.M, depict a southern phrase “Losing my religion” to make sense of the tension between what we desire and what we’ve been told are acceptable desires. In a sense, that’s me hiding from the world trying to make sense of the passions that are in contrast to how I’ve been told and driven to behave. The contrast of the first two lines implies a backing into the corner by the cultural standards, via the spotlight.
“The current cultural atmosphere is dying for us to lose our religion.”
Or better yet, our distinction. God and spirituality are becoming much more readily accepted in circles it had previously been cast out as rubbish. I dare say it’s even trendy to believe in God or be spiritual. The current battle cry sounds a little like, “Pray to and worship whatever you call God”. Guess what, if you determine it’s Godness, you are more God than the God you call God. When we lack the intellectual courage to work that out to it’s logical conclusion, we miss the reality that if God’s Godness depends on human verification then by definition humanity is more God than God. Why would we not simply be honest and openly worship ourselves? Well, many do, they are just disingenuous about it.
“Let’s ALL have the courage to live like we believe what we believe.”
No one lives like an atheist. Atheists hate to hear this, but it is true. Why is it that Christianity has to allow deep and pervasive challenges to our world view without the expectation of reciprocal challenges. The atheist has no moral standard outside of the individual or group, so they cannot make sense or stand on any morality position regarding Nazi’s, homelessness, rape, child abuse or the like. Because they’re forcing their world view onto the offender, and it’s rather obvious from the offender’s actions that they are living with a different standard that by the atheist own world view has to be accepted as individual truths. No one lives as if truth were subjective, no one. The world should be appalled and terrified of the atheist claim while subsequently being in bewilderment at it’s illogical and irrational impracticality. What they claim of Christianity’s irrationality is their biggest offense.
How is Christianity different? The answer lies in what Jesus says is the anchor of true and eternal life, that Jesus is God and has risen from the grave in stark declaration of such claims. Paul said that a Godless ressurectionless Christianity is a sham, and it still is. I enjoy, as Jesus did, being around a variety of people like and dislike me, but I do not loose my uniqueness. I’m a Christian, and that means I believe in a God that became a man to die in my place and rose again to offer validation to the world. Contrary to popular belief, I can retain that distinction with loving confidence that allows me to continue and maintain caring, loving, and helping relationships with those not sharing my distinctions.
Being distinct and kind are not mutually exclusive, and everyone else is living out this claim, but pay close attention, they are simultaneously and unwittingly claiming that Christianity must lose it’s uniqueness in order to care for the world. When it is our very uniqueness that drives us to care for the world more feverously than any…